Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What Manner of Man?

Today my Good Morning Girls Bible study chapter was Matthew 8. This one chapter included narratives of 6 amazing miracles performed by Jesus!

Jesus has just finished His "Sermon on the Mount" during which He amazed the people with His teachings which were so different from that of the religious leaders of the time. Now He continues to prove that He is no ordinary man!

Just in one chapter here Jesus cleanses a leper, heals a centurian's servant long distance, heals Peter's mother in law, heals and delivers many other afflicted people, calms a storm with His words, and delivers two men from demon possession.

The one narrative that touches me the most in this chapter is the calming of the storm:

And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

What manner of man indeed!

When the storm was raging, Jesus was asleep! He was perfectly at peace knowing that everything was under control. How sweet to know that even in what looks like turmoil and chaos in our lives, we can have peace if we are in God's hands.

The disciples awoke Him with their cries. I am so thankful that He pays attention to our desperate cries for help as well. Many times I have felt, just like these disciples, that if the Lord did not do something fast I would surely perish! But He always comes through right in time, and always there is a lesson He wants me to learn through the storm!

The wind and sea obeyed His voice. No storm, trial, difficulty, or problem is so big that it does not have to bow in obedience to the Master!

There was a great calm. After the Lord moved in the situation, things changed completely. The terrible storm gave way to the most amazing peace. God has worked this in my life time and again. The peace and calm that follows after the storm is greater in magnitude than the storm itself!

The disciples, though they had already witnessed several miracles, were totally blown away by this one! Just Who was this Man they had given up everything to follow? They are beginning to realize Jesus is so much more than just a preacher or a prophet, but He is indeed the divine Son of God! There is no limit to His power! Praise the Lord!

I agree with the lines from the classic Southern Gospel song by Squire Parsons, "I'm so glad He sails with me, He's the Master of the Sea!"

How about you? What matter of man is Jesus in your life today? Has He ever calmed any storms for you?

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